I'm torn. I don't agree with smacking and we don't smack in our house. The Melbourne mum however I can see that she believes she's doing the right thing, and she never smacks them hard. I can see that her style is similar to many parents in Australia, and those children are not considered abused.
She said herself that it gets quick results. And I think that's what a lot of parents are after. A quick fix. I very strongly disagreed with her screaming in their faces though. That's losing control. I think those kids will grow up to be fine, but I do think that kids learn a lot by example and I certainly don't condone the way she's doing it.
The nz dad that was upset about that 'one' smack that left a mark.... how hard do you have to hit to leave a mark? And how many other times did he do it? Hubby and I both thought that really bad...
The English mum is disgusting and should be jailed for child abuse. That's just foul parenting. Actually its not even parenting. You could see that the behaviour of the kids that not only did it not work, but it created a stressful tense household that would have contributed to the kids fighting. Argh.. nasty woman.